@growyoungagain@ircon96@yakkoTDI when I was a kid my mother had to drive in San Francisco for business and sometimes would take me with her. There is a famous district where some ‘adult entertainment’ theaters had been there forever, it seems. And one of the big signs said ‘Live Nude Girls.’ Also something about ‘Real Sex Acts’.
This always raised awkward questions to my mother. But she thought it was funny and made the comment about ‘at least they’re live.’
I tried to search for an SFW image of the signs (not sure if they are still there, SFO has changed a lot, haven’t been through there in many years). But I’d say definitely don’t try online search for those phrases now.
@FightingMongoos@kostia When I get a pedicure, I get the fancy spa version. After they exfoliate your lower legs, they wrap them in hot (wet) towels and massage your feet. After the hot towels come off, they rub a cooling lotion on your legs. Definitely worth the extra money.
@2many2no lawns are both ugly and extremely wasteful and damaging to every resource known to humankind. I have always loathed them. The only acceptable place for them is a golf course. There I said it.
@2many2no@BelleGunness People look at me like I’ve lost my mind when I say this sort of thing, but I wholeheartedly agree. For that matter, golf courses are wasteful and unfriendly to the environment too.
@BelleGunness@detailer There tends to be an overapplication of chemicals and fertilizer to get that pretty green lawn. At least for some people who get obsessed with their lawn. Also just cutting it that short is not grass. But I’m not nearly that militant about it. You want a place for the kids to play etc etc.
Then we have the whole golf courses and grass in the desert. In the midwest its fine. Lots of water. In the southwest probably not such a good plan
@BelleGunness@detailer@unksol I live on a small private street of 6 houses on about 1 acre parcels. Some of us are lawn-obsessed and some not. I am not. Also I don’t have a functioning sprinkler system – there was apparently an old one but it was hacked up and I didn’t even try to figure it out or fix it. Plus my neighbor told me that yes it costs a lot to pay for the city water for that.
So in some overhead Google shot taken in Summer you can see a patchwork of lawns, alternating it turns out. Green - Brown - Green - Brown - Green.
Also means a lot less mowing in Summer, which is nice.
About how this is harmful. (and not even talking about the water needed to maintain it)
The monoculture of scary-green perfect lawns often includes terrible herbicides and even pesticides. So the people that live in pretty $1M houses with perfect green lawns and only eat organic produce and free-range chickens and meat often use lawn services that spray herbicides and pesticides on their lawns to make them look perfect.
I’d prefer a ‘pasture’ look but my neighbors get too annoyed if I let it get too bad. There are wild rabbits that graze on the lawn (mostly the ‘weeds’ apparently as it’s tastiest and most nutritious). Many kinds of wild birds land on it at various times of year. Some years flocks of geese land and hang out for a while before moving on their migration. I’d hate to think they are eating the pesticide-laden monoculture grass of the ‘perfect lawn.’
@BelleGunness@detailer@pmarin I try to keep the front yard up even though it’s the country. The back yard I cut to keep things under control. The field I just let go. It’s all just weeds though so. Meh
@BelleGunness@detailer@pmarin Most people cut their grass too short, too, which leads to more water loss through evaporation because the grass isn’t tall enough to shade the roots and soil. Cutting less often would save gas/electricity too.
@BelleGunness@lisagd@pmarin So I think we can all agree. It’s not the grass (lawn) that’s “extremely wasteful and damaging…” but the propensity of some to waste water (a natural resource) and apply fertilizers and pesticides which can be environmentally harmful. So, don’t blame the grass, but rather blame man. I just thought @BelleGunness statement was ridiculous.
@ircon96 It doesn’t matter where the the type of grass came from hundreds of years ago, or last week when it was placed in the yard. The grass DOES NOT force you to water or fertilize it. That is a personal choice made by MAN.
In northern NJ where I live, nearly every lawn is a perennial ryegrass which is cold weather resistant. Too much sun and little rainfall assures it will turn brown but bounce back when weather conditions become more favorable. I do not water or fertilize my grass, but rather let mother nature take it’s course. So no, it’s NOT the grass, but again a personal choice of MAN to waste water and/or use chemicals to enhance it’s appearance.
@detailer Well, i think you might be the only one who is under the impression that grass is a sentient being, randomly growing by itself. But seriously, no one has ever heard of a wild lawn or golf course, so obviously the problem is human intervention, that’s the whole point! Note that this entire discussion is in response to a pic of a “nice lawn.” No matter what invasive or non-native grass makes up a lawn, or how resilient it is, it’ll never be a natural part of its environment, so it ultimately won’t support native wildlife, etc. Monocultures are never healthy, no matter who (or what) is to blame.
I gotta say, I enjoy those super cheesy, guilty pleasure reality TV shows, like the ones where drama is the main course. They’re like a guilty snack that I indulge in every now and then, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to binge-watch an entire season.